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Cloud computing has attracted the attention of many computing professionals in both the commercial and the educational sectors. Constant pressure to deliver on-demand computing services in a 24/7 environment amidst increasing financial pressure has placed cloud computing out of the realm of just hype and into the business plan of major organizations. As computing gets more sophisticated, it also gets more retro because the authors see more of the computing functions being pushed to centralized, shared web servers, whether it's called hosted applications or application services or web computing or web caches, it looks more like the time-sharing and centralized computing of the 1970s.
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